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Basic Dermatology Curriculum


The members of the American Academy of Dermatology have a long history of involvement in medical student education. This curriculum was created by a work group of experienced dermatology educators and is based on the best available evidence.

These guides provide direction about how one can best use this collection of learning modules. Access modules through the recommended order below.

Note

Before accessing the modules by clicking on the links below, you will be prompted to set up a user account.

Two-week rotation: General dermatology

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
The skin exam Benign skin lesions Acne and rosacea Atopic dermatitis Adult fungal
infections
Basic science of the skin Molluscum contagiosum Psoriasis Contact dermatitis Pediatric fungal infections
Morphology Warts Red scaly rash
Dermatologic therapies


Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma Evaluation of pigmented lesions Bacterial skin infections Drug reactions Blisters
Basal cell carcinoma Melanoma Stasis dermatitis and leg ulcers Petechiae purpura and vasculitis Viral exanthems
Urticaria Infestations and bites




Four-week rotation: General dermatology

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
The skin exam Benign skin lesions Acne and rosacea Adult fungal infections The red face
Basic science of skinWarts Psoriasis
Morphology Hair loss
Dermatologic therapies


Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma Evaluation of pigmented lesions Bacterial skin infections Petechiae purpura and vasculitis The red leg
Basal cell carcinoma Melanoma Stasis dermatitis and leg ulcers Mid-rotation
feedback


Week 3

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Atopic dermatitis Pediatric fungal infections Drug reactions Light rashes Red scaly rash
Contact dermatitis Infestations and bites Urticaria Dark rashes


Week 4

MondayTuesdayWednesday
(optional)
ThursdayFriday
Blisters Viral exanthems Dermatoses in pregnancy Review/study Resting/evaluation
Molluscum contagiosumErythroderma End of rotation feedback
HIV dermatology

Three-week rotation: General dermatology for internists

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
The skin exam
Total Body Skin Exam video
Dermatologic therapies Actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma Evaluation of pigmented lesions Benign skin lesions
MorphologySun protection BCCMelanomaWarts
Biopsy videos
-Punch Biopsy
-Scissor Biopsy
-Shave Biopsy
-Excisional Biopsy


Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Contact dermatitis Evaluation of pigmented lesions Red scaly rashRed faceThe red leg
Drug reactionsPsoriasisAcne & rosaceaStasis and ulcers
Urticaria


Week 3

MondayTuesdayWednesday
(optional)
ThursdayFriday
Bacterial skin infection BlistersDermatoses in pregnancy Dark rashes Hair loss
Adult fungal infections + KOH videoErythroderma HIV dermatology Light rashes
Infestations and bites 


Three-week rotation: General dermatology for pediatricians

  • For a 2 week rotation, start at the beginning and condense as you are able.
  • For a 4 week rotation, spread out, and add additional modules from the adult list as desired.

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
The Skin Exam Childhood atopic dermatitis Molluscum contagiosum Childhood fungal infections Bacterial skin infections
MorphologyAcne and rosacea WartsAdult fungal infections Advanced pediatric bacterial skin infections
Dermatologic therapies


Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Contact dermatitis Newborn skin disease: Rashes Hemangiomas and vascular malformations Sun protection Psoriasis
Viral exanthems Newborn skin disease: Birthmarks Genetic skin diseases Evaluation of pigmented lesions*Review


Week 3

MondayTuesdayWednesday
(optional)
ThursdayFriday
Blisters* Urticaria* Cutaneous hypersensitivity reactions in children Dark rashes Red scaly rash
Infestations and bites* Drug reactions* Petechiae purpura and vasculitis* Light rashes Review

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